Saturday, 13 February 2016

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2016 becomes capital of fresh produce trade for three days

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2016 becomes capital of fresh prod...

  From February 3 to 5, FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin is the place to be for everyone that wants to k...

Perupas shortlisted for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

Perupas shortlisted for Fruit Logistica Innovation...

  WOW! Colourful Perupas made by Dutch company HZPC were selected by the international Fruit Logi...

Givaudan celebrates ten years of ethical sourcing

Givaudan celebrates ten years of ethical sourcing

  Givaudan is marking a milestone in its journey to sustainable natural ingredients with an event...

ChemChina to acquire Syngenta at a value of over US$ 43 billion

ChemChina to acquire Syngenta at a value of over US$ 43...

  Syngenta has announced that earlier this February ChemChina has offered to acquire the company at US...

Kiremko starts construction works at new facility

Kiremko starts construction works at new facility

  On February 1, the construction of the new Kiremko building started in a festive way in Montfoort, T...

Potato cultivation programme lifting people out of poverty in Africa

Potato cultivation programme lifting people out of pove...

  The Irish Potato Coalition is a programme set up by Vita, an Irish NGO, which works with communi...

Sensor-based systems for the potato industry exhibited at Fruit Logistica 2016

Sensor-based systems for the potato industry exhibited ...

  A new edition of the Fruit Logistica trade show is set to take place in Berlin, Germany, between Feb...

AHDB launches website to improve potato chips quality

AHDB launches website to improve potato chips quality

  With the frying trade accounting for 12% of the Great Britain potato crop, ensuring quality across t...

Snack manufacturer Ibersnacks assesses its weigher-bagger equipment

Snack manufacturer Ibersnacks assesses its weigher-bagg...

  Snack manufacturers with high production outputs to pack and large orders to fulfil are among the mo...

FAM and Stumabo launch NECST - Next Evolution in Centrifugal Slicing Technology

FAM and Stumabo laun...

  FAM Stumabo developed NECST TM, an ambitious R D proj...

Potato chips in Canada - All dressed up

Potato chips in Cana...

  If you want to try potato chips with ketchup, dill pick...

Pasteurization - It’s all about safety first

Pasteurization - It’...

  Improved shelf life for food products is essential – no...

Kiremko and Packo present new product pump

Kiremko and Packo pr...

    Dutch manufacturer Kiremko and Packo, designer and c...

Company introduces potato starch for clean label food coatings

Company introduces p...

    Eliane™ Bind 12 is a potato starch with unique propert...

Company launches new formulation of biofungicide

Company launches new...

  Marrone Bio Innovations, a U.S. provider of bio-based p...

Welsh potato growers get latest know-how on Potato Day

Welsh potato growers...

  Over 50 potato growers gathered at the County Showground ...

Chile considered robust market for American agricultural equipment

Chile considered rob...

  In the most recently released U.S. Department of Commer...

Dundee-China collaboration discovers potential ‘Achilles heel’ of potato blight

Dundee-China collabo...

  Scientists working in Scotland and China have uncovered...

SmartStor controller wins Certificate of Merit at Lamma 2016

SmartStor controller...

  Lamma 16, the first major farming event of the year too...

FoodDrinkEurope has said it strongly regrets the negative outcome of the vote today in the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee for the revised nutrition claims list recently adopted by the Council.

 

Food operators strongly support the use of nutrition claims ‘on pack' to ensure that consumers are informed of a specific nutritional benefit or a nutritional improvement that has been made to a recipe (often via voluntary reformulation efforts).

The outcome of today's vote, if confirmed in the EP plenary vote on 2 February, would mean consumers would not be informed of the benefits of incremental nutritional changes/improvements to products and food operators
would have less possibility to communicate their reformulation efforts, presenting disincentives to invest in costly R&D and innovation techniques for the European market.

The proposal introduces two new nutrition claims into the Annex of EC Regulation 1924/2006 - namely, the ‘Now contains X% less' claim.

The vast majority of FoodDrinkEurope members support this claim (with the exception of CEFS - Le Comité Européen des Fabricants de Sucre) and the ‘No added salt(/sodium)' claim.

At present, the ‘Reduced in X' claim permits food manufacturers to communicate about reductions in a nutrient compared with a range of foods in the same category over a period of time.

The introduction of a ‘Now contains X% less' claim would offer new possibilities to food manufacturers to communicate incremental nutritional changes made to their products to the consumer by comparing old and new recipes.

Technological constraints to rolling out these smaller, step-wise reformulations are important to consider in this lengthy and costly process, not to mention the importance of gradually familiarising consumers to the new ‘improved' taste.

FoodDrinkEurope is calling on Members of the European Parliament to vote against the objection to the revised Nutrition Claims list when voting in the Plenary on February 2.

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